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Bladerider News - July 2007

2007 Moth World Championships

After twelve months of development, testing, tuning and racing, the Bladerider team sailors have once and for all proved themselves and the boat in the 2007 Moth World Championships.

Rohan Veal (AUS) and Scott Babbage (AUS) dominated the event finishing a very comfortable first and second overall. Another team rider Graham Vials (GBR) finished an extremely creditable fifth overall considering that he had only sailed his new X8 about ten times before the event and his boat was plaqued with early production teathing issues. Despite these issues, we see no reason why Graham could not have placed within the top four.

X8 designer Andrew McDougall showed early signs of also pulling off a placing in the top four, but suffered gear failure on a few occassions resulting him to slide back to sixth overall. The final Bladerider 'A' team member was John Harris who was the highest placed helmsman sailing in their first Moth World Championships finishing a very respectable ninth overall.

The Bladerider 'B' Team was lead by Aussie ex-pat and 'zinc-face-painter' Glenn Raphael (UAE) who also sailed his first Moth regatta, but improved substaintially towards the end of the regatta to perform numerous foiling gybes and finish all three laps on occassions to finish 17th overall.

Raimondo Tonelli (ITA) was also a Moth virgin was not far behind in 20th overall. Quite a good result considering he had only sailed the Bladerider about five times before the Worlds started and suffered gear failure on an old prototype boat.

Other new Bladerider sailors included Carlo Mege (GER) who has only had his boat for two weeks before the Worlds and by the end of the last race, was pacing the number one ranked German around the marks. Sten-Mark Bachmann (EST) also did exceptionally well in his first ever sail in a Bladerider this week as he could barely even start in the first five heats, but finished and improved on each of the last five races with ease to claim the World Junior Title without any competition and 45th overall. Finally our Japanese Bladerider reseller Naomi Tachibana suffered with lack of weight, youth (he is 58 years old) and fitness, but still managed to get in 52nd overall from the 63 strong fleet.

Congratulations to the entire team for such a terrific result.

Customer Feedback

"I tried the boat today - and what a difference it was! Compared to the old one it is more or less self-sailing! Andrew and Rohan was right - its another game. Outstanding... Super job, well done! I am a happy camper...." - Per Eskilson, Sweden

"My boat has arrived at last, and looks fantastic!" - Andrew Friend, United Kingdom

"Yesterday there was more wind than on Friday (about 2-4 BF) and was really good to sail. When the boat is on foils, it is very stable and easy to sail. Feels very good!" - Lukas Schenck, Switzerland

Bertrand Coste flying high for the first time in Marseilles, France!

Bladerider Free Warranty Extension

Bladerider International will now repair or replace any product deemed by Bladerider International to be defective, provided the original purchaser makes a claim within twelve (12) months of the date of purchase from Bladerider International or an authorized Bladerider International reseller or agent, rather than the original six (6) months as previously stated. This includes all purchases made before the 1 July 2007.

New Bladerider Price List

For customers that would like to get the latest version of our price list, please use the same link as last time to download the current version in PDF. If you have any troubles, please contact our sales staff.

Oslo Moth Regatta

The Oslo Race Week Moth Regatta was held in very light winds of 1-3 knots. Launching proved difficult, but the amount of interest generated was well worth the effort by the Rohan, Ulf Lindhe (who launched his boat for the first time the day before), Per Eskilson and Martin Grävare. First overall was Rohan, but Per was always close behind in 2nd overall.

In addition to the racing, a few lucky local skiff sailors got the opportunity to have a test sail on an X8. As noted in the photo above, there was very little wind, but these sailors still managed to get up and fly around the harbour doing at least twice the wind speed. After spending many hours on the water, each of them concluded by saying that they were extremely excited about getting a boat as soon as they could.

USA & South African PR Trip

The following dates are now confirmed for the latest PR & coaching trip to the USA and RSA:

  • Long Beach, California: 2-5 August
  • Miami, Florida: 7-8 August
  • Newport, Rhode Island: 10-12 August
  • Detroit, Michigan: 14-15 August
  • Johanessburg & Durban, South Africa: 19-22 August

The first day of each stop will be dedicated to training only with new Bladerider X8 owners, while the remaining days will be available for those interested in having a close up inspection, still have unanswered questions or have been invited for a test sail (weather permitting). Please refer to the Events Calendar for more information.

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